This assessment helps to identify and prioritize the THRIVE factors that can be the basis for a local action plan to improve health equity. The goal of health equity is the reduction of disparate health outcomes that are unnecessary, avoidable, and unjust and that typically are the result of social and historical bias. As a determinant of health and safety, each factor in this assessment can help to ensure that all communities have access to the same opportunities for good health and a fulfilling and productive life.
Created by Prevention Institute (PI) over a decade ago and updated in 2010, THRIVE is a place-based and action-oriented tool and framework that engages community leaders and residents, public health practitioners, and multiple sectors in a process of assessing, identifying, and improving community conditions that can facilitate better health, safety and equity outcomes.
When Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) staff attended a THRIVE training of trainers, they immediately understood how this tool could help San Joaquin Valley residents link the connection between environment, behavior and health. With the THRIVE tool the youth identified their community’s health concerns and inequities, determined health priorities, developed a vision and goals, and initiated diverse short and long term action steps.
Created by Prevention Institute (PI), THRIVE, a place-based and action-oriented tool and framework, engages community leaders, residents, public health practitioners and multiple sectors in a process of assessing, identifying and improving community conditions that can facilitate better health, safety and equity outcomes. As a regional manager for the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Jennifer’s new awareness of the social determinants of health created a fundamental shift in her approach to community- based health improvement.